Managing Denny’s at City Line meant designing a beautiful and vibrant chart to track the number of grandparents and relatives who died for each employee within a two month period. You’d be surprised how many grandparents some of my employees had, and how many of them passed away suddenly, necessitating a bereavement day minutes before (or after) someone’s shift started. A word to the wise: it’s unusual to have all seven of your grandparents pass away within six weeks of each other.

Also, don’t have your grandmother call you out sick if your grandmother sounds amazingly like your 17 year old girlfriend. If you do, expect me to thank her and let her know that if you don’t report to work within 20 minutes, don’t expect to have a job to return to. Hypothetically speaking, of course.